Balloons, Burberry and Discounted Beauty…

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1) I’m off to Burberry HQ today to do something very exciting. I’m working with them over the course of today and tomorrow to cover their AW15 beauty look – the makeup is always a huge part of the “buzz” that surrounds their London Fashion Week show. There will be a couple of little previews and behind-the-scenes teasers today, so do make sure you’re following on Instagram and Twitter – I’ll be back with a full post and video here on the website too. The Burberry looks are always so understated and cool, right up my street, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

2) has 20% off – er – everything until tomorrow night. Everything. That means everything from your Guerlain Maxi-Lash to your Serozinc Spray. The code is ESCENTUAL20 and expires at 11.55pm tomorrow.

mr bear the british shorthair cat

3) Mr Bear spent a large proportion of his Thursday staring up at the giant helium balloon that was sent by UGG as an invite to their London Fashion Week retreat. He was mesmerised by the little paper UGG boots stuck to the string. Oh, to be so easily pleased…

 mr bear the cat

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Weekly Window Shop: Pineapple Party

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The world has gone pineapple crazy. They’re on everything from baby clothes to writing paper, from bikinis to candle holders. Here’s a little roundup of the totally tropical things brightening up my week…

vero moda pineapple bikini top

Vero Moda Pineapple Bikini Top, £18 at ASOS here. Now look, I’m not planning any beach holidays, but I am always on the lookout for funky underwear-alternatives that’ll look good underneath an open denim shirt or flimsy vest top. And I have to say that the more “longline” sort of shapes are very much floating my boat, post-baby…

hm tealight holder pineapple

This cute little tealight holder is just £2.99 – cheap enough to buy a whole load to dot about your patio for a bit of al fresco lighting. There’s also a silver one with palm trees on it that I’m equally drawn to. It may have to be a mix and match situation. Find the holders at H&M here. *UPDATE: ooh! Also, look at the black and gold one! Same page!

hm pineapple candle

H&M are bringing quite a lot to the pineapple party – look at these ceramic pineapple pots with unscented candles inside. Oh so retro and not ridiculously expensive at £12.99. They are here online and they come in white (chic) or gold (Austin Powers).

pineapple clutch bag

What’s that Skippy? You want a luxury clutch bag emblazoned with your favourite fruit? Well I hope you have some cash to spare in that pouch of yours (I have no idea where this kangaroo reference has come from) – this stunner from Edie Parker will set you back £1,350. One to just lust over, perhaps. Find it here

liberty pineapple gold pendant

For some pineapple bling, the gold-plated baby pineapple pendant from Alex Monroe ticks the box nicely. It’s £120 and quite petite, so see below for a jewel alternative. It’s at Liberty here.

estella bartlett pineapple gold pendant

It’s possible that I actually prefer this pendant from Estella Bartlett – the Midnight Jungle Pineapple is a bit chunkier and it’s easier to see what it actually is. Very cute. And – wait for it – eighteen quid. You can find it at John Lewis here or Amazon here. 

On a random sidenote: I find it difficult to eat pineapple, now, after gorging on about eighteen kilos of the stuff when I was trying to induce labour. It didn’t work. It just took the skin off the roof of my mouth and gave me what felt like a massive bout of dysentery. Don’t try it at home, kids.

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Foundation Review: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

I had presumed that I wouldn’t get on with Lancome’s new Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation; I’ve yet to be truly convinced by this huge “cushion” trend that’s hit the market. It all just seems a bit gimmicky and…unnecessary. A makeup-infused sponge that needs to be squidged at with an annoying little foamy pad and then pat-patted onto the skin…

Yes, it’s convenient to be able to carry your foundation about in a sort of all-in-one compact solution – the mirror in the lid, the product in the base and an applicator that is firmly trapped in between and will never roll about in your handbag coating everything in beige streaks – but does it work? Is it better than, say, those cream compact foundations you can get, which also have a mirror in the lid and an irritating, possibly unhygienic foamy applicator pad?

lancome teint idole ultra cushion foundation review

Well actually, I’d probably say that yes the cushion is better, because it allows for a greater variety in terms of the types of foundation you can use – lighter, fresher liquids as well as higher coverage offerings. Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra belongs with the higher coverage offerings and I must say that the foundation formula is just gorgeous. It’s one of those high-powered face bases that offers it all – a youthful glow, a juicy finish and coverage so full that a proper application leaves you looking as though you’ve been given a new skin.

Behold, below, my before picture, where my face doesn’t actually look too bad, considering the dog woke me up twice to go downstairs to drink water (it was a very hot night!) and then I had a sex dream involving Richard Branson that disturbed me so much I couldn’t sleep from 5am onwards.

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

And then take a look at the “after” shot, which looks as though it’s been done in a studio with big lights but was, in fact, simply taken in daylight in front of my office window. I’ve added vignettes to my images (the dark shadows around the edges) to make them look a bit more polished, but there’s no camera trickery here.

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

Nice glow, isn’t it? But it’s more the texture, the feel of the foundation that really grabs me. It has a nourishing, bouncy quality to it that makes it apply beautifully and then sit on the skin looking nice and dewy without feeling at all greasy.

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

I applied using a brush, and I quite like the kabuki/flat-topped sort of foundation brush for this (see here for Real Techniques’ brush which is great – I used the Hourglass here though I’ll warn you that it’s extremely expensive) but the applicator pad that comes with the compact does an alright job. I still don’t get the whole pad thing – OK for touch-ups, but I find it a real faff to do my whole face.

Close-ups for you – before and then after…

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

 Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation review

You can see, even zoomed in, that the finish of the foundation almost makes the skin look plumper and firmer, and there’s definitely a nice glow.

I’m won over. I even prefer the cushion version of this foundation to the Teint Idole Ultra in the bottle, just because the compact-with-mirror format does make things so much more convenient and mess-free. The cushion comes in nine shades, which isn’t amazing (I used 015) as the bottled version has far more choice, but perhaps that’s something they’ll address.

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In terms of value, you get 13g of foundation and a cushion compact for £30 and then refills are £19.50. The bottled version is £30 for 30ml, so you do get far less product for your money when you plump for a cushion, though I definitely feel as though I use less from the cushion than I do if I pump out the product onto the back of my hand before applying. Food for thought.

You can find the Teint Idole Ultra Cushion at House of Fraser here. Lancome have also brought out cushion blushers, but I can’t get on with those – I’ve never been so frustrated in my life. Lots of people seem to be enjoying them as the best thing since sliced bread, but I just get weird shiny cheeks and clown-like patches of colour. I’ll keep on practising and report back…

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5 Years in the Making, REAL Innovation!

Five years in the making, they’re real! push-up liner solves one of the biggest beauty dilemma of all time: lining your eyes. That’s right! There’s now a product that makes eyeliner EASY TO USE. (We heard your #LinerCrimes loud & clear, gorgeous.)

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Our product development team traveled far and wide, working with the best technology & laboratories around the world to eliminate this big dilemma. The shape & design of the tip, the ergonomic shape of the body & even the micro-controlled dose of the formula were created with the intention of gliding across your eye with ease. We got ahold of our EVP of Global Product Marketing, Julie Bell’s scrapbook that she has been carrying around for years! It’s full of secrets and tricks about why they’re real! push-up liner really is the next BIG thing. Ready to learn the WHY behind this true game-changer?

Let’s start with the obvious: everyone has different eyes, duh! But everyone also has the same goal when applying eyeliner—to make their eyes appear sexier & bigger. Julie’s team found that—with all eye shapes—getting closer to the lash line gives you those stunning, big-eye results.


Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before!? (*mind explodes*)

The resulting feature—the super-innovative AccuFlex™ tip—makes it beyond easy to get close to the lash line. Its soft & angled material allows the gel formula to glide onto the curve of your eyelid with ease, creating maximum control from every angle. The flat, wide guard pushes your lashes out of the way, making it easier than ever to get close to your lash line. And the wide base provides a more stable application to get a perfectly straight line every time. Can you say GENIUS!?

Check out some of the sketches—only a few of dozens—that show how many iterations it took to get right:


Now another problem to address: the difficulties of using liners currently on the market. Wooden pencils smudge & wear off. Cake eyeliner is messy & time-consuming. Liquid liner looks shiny & it’s a b•tch to use. Gel liner in a pot needs a brush & it’s impossible to apply on-the-go. Felt tips dry out. THE LIST GOES ON!

So we decided to create the first-ever gel liner in a pen. You get the rich, black formula of gel in the convenience of a pen! O.M.G. Here’s another page from Julie’s scrapbook to show how they found the best formula ever. Oh, did we also mention that it’s smudge-proof, matte black, long-lasting AND waterproof. Seriously, this liner isn’t going anywhere. We’ve even tested it by spraying water on our face—can you say “hellllo, summer!” because now we can hit the beach or pool with eyeliner and not look like a fool after coming up from the water.


It’s not just about being soft or gliding across your eyelid, gorgeous. Every shape, every design and every material was built with intention. If you’re not ready to try this yet, we’re not sure how else we can convince you. Tell us in the comments below why you’re most excited about they’re real! push-up liner !


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